The Truth About Collagen Supplements
We get asked SO many questions about collagen supplementation.
I made selling collagen supplements a priority as I'm all about a holistic approach to anti-ageing that prioritises nutrition.
Collagen is SO important and abundant in our bodies.
Did you know that in humans?
- Collagen= ⅓ of the total protein
- Collagen = ¾ of the dry weight of skin
Anti-ageing creams, fillers and laser treatments may reduce the look of wrinkles but are ignoring the root cause of ageing skin. Collagen makes 80% of your skin and is vital to preventing wrinkles by keeping the skin smooth and elastic. As you grow older, you will produce less collagen so collagen supplementation is vital for ageing prevention.
The best way to prevent ageing is to get to the root of the problem - which is the breakdown in collagen. Collagen supplements thicken your collagen while improving your bone and joint health. Our supplements support healthy skin, hair, and nails.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein.Proteins are large biomolecules with amino acids. Each type of protein has a different structure (AKA different amino acids in it) AND this determines the protein’s function.
Collagen is in many different parts of the body. It makes up connective tissue, such as skin, tendons, cartilage, organs, and bones.
What are the different types of collagen?
Each collagen molecule is a unique building block consisting of hundreds of different amino acids (with high concentrations of 18 primary amino acids) connected like a chain in a triple-helix design that provides strength, rigidity and structural support for many different parts of the body.
There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80 – 90 %of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III - so we’ll just talk about those ones.
In young skin collagen I comprise 80% of dermal collagen and type III makes up 15%.
When do we slow down in producing collagen?
Our body produces collagen when we're young, but production gradually slows in our mid-20's. Your skin begins to lose its youthfulness when collagen production slows.
As you age your collagen declines. The overall collagen content per unit area of the skin surface is known to decline approximately 1%/year
This is because, as you grow older:
- You have less synthesis
- You have more degradation..
Also the sun damages your collagen - sun damaged skin has less collagen in it so collagen is vital in undoing sun damage.
How does our hydrolyzed collagen work?
To make collagen supplements you don't just take a chunk of a cow and smoosh it into a powder. It undergoes a complex process called hydrolyzation where it's broken down into smaller, easy-to-process particles.
Our hydrolyzed collagen supplements triggers our body's wound repair response - a process that identifies damaged collagen and activates specialized cells in the dermis called fibroblasts (our ‘collagen factories’) to produce new collagen throughout our body.
Our supplements are the most powerful and effective collagen skin care supplements that visibly transform your skin. Oral collagen supplements also increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density.
What does hydrolyzed collagen taste like?
Our Collagen is tasteless so it can be easily mixed into smoothies, shakes, coffee, and other foods and drinks. It mixes more easily into hot drinks.
Is there evidence that hydrolyzed collagen reverses signs of ageing?
When testing if skincare works, the best practice is to do a randomized control trial. This is when you compare people who take collagen vs those who take a “placebo” (AKA dummy collagen).
This is best to be double-blinded. Double blinded is when neither researchers or participants know who is getting the real collagen vs the dummy collagen (placebo). You need to do this because taking a supplement doesn't necessarily mean its going to work well in your body. You want to know it works and have evidence instead of spending hundreds of dollars on expensive urine.
This study showed that collagen supplements do in fact work and improve facial skin moisture, elasticity (R2), wrinkles and roughness:
Inoue, Naoki, Sugihara, Fumihito, & Wang, Xuemin. (2016). Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhance facial skin moisture and elasticity and reduce facial ageing signs in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96(12), 4077–4081. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.7606